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Campaign for Panaji bypoll ends

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Campaign for the Panaji bypoll, wherein the BJP is striving to retain the seat, while the is eyeing to win it back from the ruling party after a gap of around 25 years, drew to a close Friday evening.

The by-election, to be held on May 19, was necessitated due to the death of former Manohar Parrikar in March this year.

Total 22,482 voters are eligible to cast their votes.

Parrikar had represented the constituency for nearly two-and-a-half decades since 1994.

Total six candidates, including two independents, are in the fray.

The BJP has fielded as its candidate. He had won this assembly seat twice in the past when Parrikar was elevated as the Defence

The has fielded former Atanasio Monserratte, who is currently facing several criminal charges, including rape.

Former RSS Goa Chief is contesting his first election on the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) ticket.

The (AAP) has fielded Valmiki Naik, who had lost the 2017 assembly election against Kunkolienkar.

Two independent candidates- Dilip Ghadi and Vijai More- are also trying their luck.

Thecampaignwas laced with allegations and counter allegations between the BJP and the Congress, which are the main contenders.

The issue of shifting off-shore casinos from Mandovi river was the major poll plank for the

While BJP manifesto remained silent on the issue, Congress, AAP and assured to shift them out of the river.

There are currently six-off shore casinos in Mandovi.

The BJP is banking on the sympathy wave in the absence of Parrikar. The saffron party has appealed to the voters to cast their votes in its favour as a tribute to Parrikar.

The party also left no stone unturned to target the for promoting a candidate, who is facing criminal cases.

Monserratte has been booked for raping a minor girl. He was allegedly also involved in the incident of attack on a police station.

The election saw no star campaigners, except senior BJP leader and Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who addressed a poll rally on Thursday.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 18:11 IST